Special Issue "Innovations in Small Businesses and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Susanne Durst
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Guest Editor
University of Skövde and University West, Skövde, Sweden
Interests: small business management; (open) innovation; knowledge management; sustainable digitalization
Assoc. Prof. Serdal Temel
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Guest Editor
Ege University, Faculty of Engineering, Turkey
Interests: innovation management; open innovation; university–industry collaboration; entrepreneurship
Dr. Malgorzata Zieba
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Guest Editor
Gdansk University of Technology
Interests: innovation management; knowledge management; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is generally acknowledged that innovation is one of the key tasks to enhance the competitiveness and organizational performance of companies, irrespective of the size of the company. To ensure lasting success, any organization should have a systematic and continued approach to managing innovation. This applies, in particular, to smaller businesses who, because of their typical limitations, have to work with more care. At the same time, small businesses today face an increasing number of challenges. The topic of sustainability is one of them. The Network for Business Sustainability reported a number of challenges that smaller firms see in conjunction with sustainability, like how the benefits of sustainability activities can be quantified, or how they can more effectively manage requests from foreign markets regarding responsible procurement.

In this Special Issue, we encourage scholars and practitioners to share their findings and insights on how innovation contributes (or can contribute) to the opportunities and challenges provided by sustainability. Considerable attention has already been devoted to sustainability in large companies, however this is not the case with smaller firms. This Special Issue will make a contribution to changing that. Papers adopting different theoretical lenses and worldviews, using different research methods, analysing different types of smaller firms and exploring the topic in different countries are strongly encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Durst
Prof. Dr. Serdal Temel
Dr. Malgorzata Zieba
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Sustainability and its importance for small businesses
  • Environmental sustainability and innovations
  • Economic sustainability and innovations
  • Social sustainability and innovations
  • Sustainable strategies for small businesses
  • Assessment of sustainable activities in small businesses
  • Role of innovation in small firms’ business sustainability
  • Assessment of sustainable innovations
  • Responsible innovation and its impact on business sustainability
  • Sustainable innovations in small businesses for improved relationships with different types of stakeholders

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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